Carole Robb Fine Art
A Celebrated Artist

My Doodling Seahorse

Some Zentangle patterns and my doodling finished with watercolors

Hey, what is doodling?

Doodling according to the dictionary is aimlessly scrawling. That’s a name made up for people who make foolish designs on paper when they are thinking. It was a noun meaning dull fellows from the 1620’s. So back then no one would want to be called a doodler.

Now, what is Zentangle?

According to the internet, Zentangle is a relaxing and fun way to draw structured patterns. Its originator described Zentangle as meditation, a complete focus on the drawing with feelings of timelessness. The practice can calm and relax you.

So what is the difference?

Zentangle is drawing deliberately structured patterns, focusing on the design. Whereas, doodlings are random drawings. As a result, a doodler can focus on what is being said at a meeting or in class.

Alright, I confess, I’m a doodler with a touch of concentration, a Zen doodler. That is how my designs develop. As a result, many of my designs have come from my random doodles. With my seahorse and dragonfly, I drew the outline of the seahorse and dragonfly. I then doodled away to create the interior design. With the Seahorse, I alternated my watercolor washes and hot wax to get this batik look.  The Dragonfly doodle is a watercolor.

With my seahorse and dragonfly, I drew the outline of the seahorse and dragonfly. I then doodled away to create the interior design. With the Seahorse, I alternated my watercolor washes and hot wax to get this batik look.  The Dragonfly doodle is a watercolor.

Therefore, what I like about Zentangle is that it has created a new art form and given doodling a new look. A new name for doodling is Zen doodling. I wish I had come up with it.  Oh well, I want to thank Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts for creating Zentangle.  Click here to visit Zentangle.

Try it sometimes it is fun, relaxing and possibly you might come up with a new piece of art.

Enjoy your day,

Carole